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Comment: Re:really?? (Score 2) 1134

by FlyingBishop (#40513853) Attached to: Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

False. If it's supported by CLI, any user can script it and build a GUI easy, suddenly you don't need to type any commands on the CLI.

Conversely, if it's only supported by a GUI, we're in a really shitty state. If that feature is a complete waste of time and should be automated, we have to spend hours looking for ways to hack the internals rather than just use the great and oldest API.

Comment: Re:Asimov naive? I don't think so. (Score 1) 146

by FlyingBishop (#38417452) Attached to: Philosopher Patrick Lin On the Ethics of Military Robotics

I don't really think that is really an accurate description either. Rather, in Asimov's view autonomous robots would be completely uncontrollable without something like the three laws, and that even with the three laws there was still considerable danger to the operators.

Asimov's view was that if you tell a robot it can kill people, it's going to figure out a way to twist that into an order to kill you. You don't fuck around with telling robots to hurt people, it's just too dangerous due to the unintended consequences. You need to make sure that the robot is starting from purely altruistic intentions. I don't think it was a simple plot device, but a very considered belief.

Comment: Re:It'd better happen quick then (Score 1) 311

by FlyingBishop (#38214094) Attached to: Is the Time Finally Right For Hybrid Hard Drives?

I would expect that not only would a hybrid drive have that problem, but you wouldn't be able to recover because it's hard-wired to pretend it's a single disk and you can't just fall back to using it as two separate disks if the controller that does the caching has a failure.

Comment: Re:Dear Steve Ballmer (Score 1) 337

by FlyingBishop (#36298532) Attached to: Is Bill Gates the Cure For What Ails Microsoft?

The funny thing is, Apple's products that compete with Microsoft's core products are shit. Have you ever tried to use OS X Server? It's impossible to administer well. Windows Server 2008 R2 is a fine system by comparison.

Apple flat out gave up on XServe, and what's more they've basically done the same with Office. Microsoft, in contrast, is still very much in the game when it comes to everything Apple and Google are doing.

Microsoft

Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death 766

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the along-with-everyone-else dept.
mikejuk writes "Microsoft have just released an end-of-support countdown gadget that ticks off the days until XP is no longer supported — but it only runs under Vista or Windows 7! It focuses the mind on the fact that XP is being forcibly retired. It is a wake-up call to think hard about the unpleasant situation and consider the alternatives.So as you watch the count down to XP's death tick by think about the problems created by using software that actually belongs to someone else..."

Comment: Re:In my corporate environment.... (Score 1) 1307

by FlyingBishop (#35858338) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

Exactly backwards. IT already has access to all patient info since, I hope, it's being backed up.

Not at all. I haven't personally worked with such systems, but my understanding is that in modern heathcare systems, everything is encrypted with multi-factor authentication, and all IT has access to is encrypted snapshots. If the professor was working on some sort of research that was ongoing and needed a system, I could see making the decision that it was just a prototype, and the best way to keep it relatively secure for a few months of the project was just not to give anyone but a few tech-savvy medical people the keys (and not back it up.)

This obviously isn't such a case, but the fact remains that if IT has access to all patient info, you're not HIPPA compliant.

Comment: Re:In my corporate environment.... (Score 1) 1307

by FlyingBishop (#35857086) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

Sounds like poster is a professor. Probably with tenure. In any case, professors in technical fields need wide latitude in setting up computers to do their jobs.

That said, this doesn't sound like research, this sounds like something simple that IT should be taking care of. (Of course, that's not to say IT should be forced to implement it, they have their own priorities, etc.)

Only way poster has a leg to stand on is if this thing somehow touches patient info. Then I can see an argument for keeping IT out.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 178

by FlyingBishop (#35207384) Attached to: Motorola Adopting 3 Laws of Robotics For Android?

The point though was that the specific ordering of the laws was the most stable form. The one presented by Motorola here is supposed to be flawed because when the android is allowed to place its own safety above obeying the human, it is easier for it to do things that have unintended consequences. It's also suggested that the robots can subconsciously disobey the three laws, especially by pretending not to see unintended consequences.

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